The Florida athletic community lost a legend this past weekend with the passing of Hernando coach William "Ernie" Ernest Chatman Jr. Coach Chatman coached for over 40 years in Hernando County and was the HHS cross country for 28 years from (1991-2009), and serving as the track and field coach for five years. Over that time he has coached many of the Sunshine State's top runners including Ben and Drew Martucci (pictured above with Coach Chatman), as well as names like Paul (Jody) Spangler, Jason Heatherley, and Casey Isaacs. Here is what the running community had to say about Coach Chatman.
Florida Track & Field and Cross Country News
Bolles sophomore Caitlin Collier was INCHES away from claiming her first cross country state championship. Collier collapsed right before the line and saw her closest competitor Alyssa Pujals of Pine Crest cruise in for the victory. The Bulldog sophomore is coming off a stellar track season where she won the 800, 1,600, and 3,200m titles. Her PR of 17:41.80 from NXNSE Region is the only time in 2A under 18 minutes. Take a look at the top 100 girls returners for the 2016 season.
Hernando junior Trevor Foley started out his sophomore season with an early season of PR of 15:34.53 to finish second at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational, was sixth at the flrunners.com Invitational, and won every race up until regionals. Injury struck and Foley ended up placing 75h at the Cross Country Finals. Can he bounce back in 2016? We take a look at the top 100 boys returners in 2A which includes the top eight all under 16:00.
The Wiregrass Ranch Cross Country team spent part of their summer training and building team bonds at the Webber International University Warrior Running Camp. Sophia Rodriguez has been attending the camp with her teammates for three years now, says it's always amazing, and shared with us photos of their time at camp!
Scroll through to see which college has the best girls recruiting class for 2016!
Who has the best college recruiting class this year? And where do Florida and Oregon rank after the Lyles and Drew Hunter go pro?
Sophomore Rebecca Clark was just shy of a state title as an 8th grader and 9th grader finishing as the 1A runner-up in both races. In 2016, she will be running for The Villages High School, and move up from 1A into a different classification, opening the door for Oak Hall junior Grace Blair.. Blair comes in with a PR nearly 20 seconds faster than her nearest competitor with a time of 18:34.10! Check out the top 100 girls returners in 1A.
Pine School senior Chase Hyland is hoping to end his cross country career on a high note with his first state title. Hyland, was fourth in 2015 as a junior and comes in as the fastest returner in class 1A with a PR of 16:09 from the Foot Locker South Regional.
There is no doubt 4A is the hardest classification in the state of Florida with four of the top girls returners in the top five of our rankings. Rafaella Gibbons won the state championship as a freshman and has a PR of 17:30.80 from NXNSE, which is the fastest returning time, while 2015 state champion Bailey Hertenstein boasts her 17:32.55 from the Cross Country State Finals. We take a look at the top 1,000 girls returners regardless of classification. Where do you rank on our list?
Trinity Prep senior Trent Mandato finished 12th at the NXNSE Regional to lead his team to Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon. His time of 15:34.10 is the fastest returning time with Hernando's Trevor Foley right behind him with a PR of 15:34.53, making the 2A boys individual race something to watch in the coming months! We rank the top 1,000 athletes heading into the fall!
MileSplit takes a look at who has the best girls 400m team depth in the country.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. to take a look at the top 50 girls cross country teams based on 3,200m track times. The Chiles girls hope their success on the track parlays into more state titles for the Timberwolves cross country program. Ana Wallace's 11:05.19 is the top returning time in the state for 3,200m and gives the team three girls under 11:25.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. to take a look at the top 50 boys cross country teams based on 3,200m track times. Coach Doug Butler and the Satellite Scorpions should contend for a podium spot in a loaded 2A with the likes of John Cacciatore and Egan and Trevor Kattenberg all having run eight laps in under 9:40 and an average top five time of 9:46.11!
The Wharton Wildcats headed up to North Carolina to take part in the Appalachian State Running Camp where they came away with valuable training and bonding that they will bring into the 2016 cross country season as one of the top teams in 4A. Chandler Good and Cate Small give us an inside look at their running camp experience.
Attention to all meet directors and timers of cross country meets in Florida, the MileSplit online registration is now FREE for all to use after we created our automated wizard for coaches and meet directors this past spring to set up their own hosted meets online for entries. Take advantage of this opportunity to have your meet prominently featured for prospective teams and coaches to enter your event on the go to website for coverage of the sport in Florida!
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. Take a look at the top girls cross country teams based on 1,600m track times. The Bolles girls have their top seven girls owning personal bests under 5:30, while 4A power Winter Park has their first five under 5:30 on the track.
With track season ending we bridge the gap to the start of cross country by using our extensive stats database. to take a look at the top 50 boys cross country teams based on 1,600m track times. The top three teams in our list come from North Florida with Bolles, Chiles, and Creekside. Chiles and Creekside went at it in 3A last year and look to duplicate that rivalry in 2016.
Natalie Varela of Gulliver Prep is one of the top freshman in the state of Florida and the rest of the country. Learn a little more about her and see her summer training log as she prepares for the upcoming 2016 cross country season.
Want to have your say in who is named the Florida Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year? We narrowed it down to the top ten performers from the 2016 season. Now it is time to vote. Learn more about the nominees and select who you think deserves this honor. Voting will close Sunday, July 31st, at 11:59 p.m. The fan selected winner along with our choice for Athlete of the Year will be named on Monday, August 1st.
Want to have your say in who is named the Florida Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year? We narrowed it down to the top ten performers from the 2016 season. Now it is time to vote. Learn more about the nominees and select who you think deserves this honor. Voting will close Sunday, July 31st, at 11:59 p.m. The fan selected winner along with our choice for Athlete of the Year will be named on Monday, August 1st.
The final day of the IAAF World U20 Championship saw two Florida athletes make final strides at a medal. Nicole Greene had 48 hours to prepare for the high jump finals and ended her track season with a fifth place finish, while Ari Cogdell ran the second leg for Team USA on the gold medal 4x400m relay.
July 1st marked the open recruiting period for college coaches around the country to contact the top class of 2017 prospects. Over the next 12 months we will chronicle some of Florida's best on their recruiting journey including Auburndale senior Chauncy Smart. Smart's personal best of 10.30w to win the Pepsi Florida Relays ranks as the third best 100m time in the nation in the senior class.
Riverview sophomore Bailey Hertenstein completed one of the most epic comebacks in state history. With 450 meters to go in the girls 4A 1,600, the Riverview sophomore gets tripped up and tumbles to the track. With no fear she gets back up and rallies from 8th place to first for the first title of her track and field career! (Race video courtesy of Anthony Bolton)
American High School class of 2015 graduate and current University of Tennessee standout Ari Cogdell was a member of the Team USA 4x400m relay team that advanced to the finals of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
The fourth day of the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships didn't have any Florida athletes in the running events, but the Sunshine State was represented in the field. Ponte Vedra class of 2015 high jumper, and rising UNC sophomore, Nicole Greene, came into the meet as the USA Junior Nationals champion. Greene cleared the first three heights of 1.70, 1.74, and 1.77m on her first attempt, and leaped over 1.80m on her second to advance to Friday's women's high jump final.
IAAF World U20 Championship women's 100m bronze medalist Khalifa St. Fort will not compete in the 200m dash or 4x100m relay for Trinidad & Tobago due to a hamstring injury. St. Fort's time in Poland will end on that note as the teenage professional prepares for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio where she will run on the 4x100m relay for the national team.
World Youth silver medalist Khalifa St. Fort was the lone athlete with Florida ties to make the Final on day three of the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships while a loaded semifinal heat knocked out Jamal Walton, and former Colonial jumper and FSU freshman Armani Wallace concluded his international experience after making the finals.
MileSplit takes an in-depth look at which State would make the best girls 4x400, and SMR.
MileSplit takes an in-depth look at which state would make the best all-star 4x400m and SMR.
The 2015-2016 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.